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Office of Communications and Public Affairs

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs represents the National Endowment for the Humanities in communications with the media and members of the public. Its mission is to disseminate information about NEH grant programs and products and to promote the importance of the humanities our country’s cultural advancement and in enriching the lives of its citizens.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs publishes news releases and other information, works with the news media to keep them informed of the work of the agency and its grantees, manages the agency’s website and social media, and publishes announcements of NEH grants. The office also responds to media requests, arranges interviews with NEH staff, and coordinates major NEH public events, including the National Humanities Medals and the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

To reach NEH’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, please contact:

telephone: 202-606-8446
email: info@neh.gov

Recent News

George Washington's first state of the union address, manuscript notes

Wordsmithing the State of the Union

NEH grantee applies data visualization to State of the Union addresses to track how the words presidents use reflect historical concerns
NEH Chair William Adams and Deputy Chair Carole Watson at Best Places to Work aw

NEH named a "Best Place to Work" among small federal agencies

NEH named 4th among small federal agencies in annual "Best Places to Work" survey
FBI Missing poster: 1964. Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner

Slain Freedom Summer activists to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Slain civil rights workers, subjects of Freedom Summer documentary, will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24
Clement Alexander Price

Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014

NEH mourns the passing of distinguished historian and advocate for the humanities, Clement Price
Pamela O. Long, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

NEH Grantees Named 2014 MacArthur Fellows

Scholars Pamela Long and Tara Zahra awarded MacArthur "Genius Grants"
March 30, 2015

The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize

The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize honors an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine. In 2015, Donald Soctomah will be the recipient.

March 25, 2015  to  March 27, 2015

Oxford Conference for the Book Returns for 22nd Year

The 2015 Oxford Conference for the Book will be the 22nd annual event to celebrate books, reading, and writing, while also examining the practical concerns on which the literary arts and the humanities depend, including the process of finding publication, writing methods, and the state of publishing. The conference convenes fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, students, librarians, and literacy advocates for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events celebrating the written word.

March 24, 2015

Trains Across Iowa

The program explores Iowa's unique position in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad and Iowa's great contribution to railroad safety.

March 22, 2015

"Where Have You Gone Joe Dimaggio," Jackie Robinson, and Hank Greenberg: Ethnic Heroes in Baseball's Melting Pot

As a means of illuminating America's racial and ethnic past, this lecture examines and compares an iconic baseball triumvirate: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Hank Greenberg. Prior to the sport's travails of recent years, baseball long reigned as the undisputed "national pastime." Then, the microcosm of baseball reflected the main currents of American life and culture. We explore the game's golden age, when it possessed the power to dramatize the imperfections of the nation's melting pot.

March 21, 2015

The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles

African slaves have often risked life and limb to escape southern slavery, but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of freedom-seekers: the Seminoles.

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